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3D Printing onto Thermochromics – It GLOWS!!!!

A little something I was experimenting with a wee while ago… I’m hoping to pick this up again soon…

Very pretty results if nothing else.. I really liked the way you could track the nozzle not only by it’s movement and noise but also the heat exchange changing the colour of the surface it was printing onto…

The picture below shows only the nozzle’s track and no polymer yet!


The picture below shows how the yellow polymer glows as the magenta thermochromic dye changes under the heat. It’s a 31 degree magenta thermochromic dye on silk that I printed the polymer onto with the Ultimaker 3D printer.






Here Moritz Waldemeyer talks about his inspiration for the Beck’s Sapphire sculpture installation.

Nice wee video –

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/68540309″>Beck’s Sapphire – Interview with Moritz Waldemeyer</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/tonygaddis”>Tony Gaddis</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Check out more on his site here! http://www.waldemeyer.com/beckssapphire

One Fold – One Love!

It’s funny how an introduction to a certain design, technique, fold, skill or material can lead to an obsession with (in my case) a certain origami fold pattern! Is it funny tho? Is it just what we do? Is it our way of working as designers? Do we see the potential in the simplicity of an engineered shape and explore it’s aesthetic potential!? Well, for me, if it hadn’t been for the DEAF 2012 workshop that I attended last year I don’t think I’d be so obsessed with this particular origami fold! I have several people to thank for that – Meg Grant, Anja Hertenberger, Leonie UrffFlorian Horsch and Mika Satomi.

Before I had the pleasure of meeting the talented individuals above I had started here


Then as a team we arrived here –


And since then I’ve used the same fold again and again and again! This is just one textile sample under four different conditions that appears as different colours. Still… so much more I could do with this!


Tiree Tech Wave – Making things

Last week Ruth Aylett participated in the Tiree Tech wave. Apart from meeting some really interesting cool folk she was also part of a small team who built cybernetic Fecundity.

Using Arduino, tilt sensors, light sensors and a motor they created this cyclical interaction box!

Check out more at http://tireetechwave.org


A really interesting collaboration and outcome – Dance/Costume!

Culture and science coming together!?




“August 19, 2011 A dance/design collaboration between Harrison Atelier and choreographer Catherine Miller, PHARMACOPHORE explores Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, a novel driven by its protagonist’s search for a cure for her ennui. Emma Bovary places herself readily into the thrall of any object or idea, hoping to transcend what she terms her chronic “insufficiency.” In thinking about Madame Bovary as a narrative scaffold for PHARMACOPHORE, understanding the critical role in the novel of the character Homais, who is a pharmacist, we were struck by the structural resemblance, perhaps even the identity between Emma’s search for, and at times temporary achievement of, a cure for her malaise and the contemporary understanding of the placebo effect, whereby the desire that a drug will work temporarily triggers the release of neurotransmitters mimicking the sense of well-being.

The dramaturgy of PHARMACOPHORE recapitulates the stages of Emma’s desire for placebos, her cycle of anticipation, release, despair. The choreography and set design elements reiterate the centralizing idea of the piece: placebo (culture) and pharmacophore (science) co-exist, at times reinforcing, at times conflicting.

The piece was developed during a summer residency at the Orpheum Theater, Tannersville.

Direction & Dramaturgy: Seth Harrison, Harrison Atelier
Choreography: Catherine Miller
Visual Design: Ariane Harrison, Harrison Atelier
Performers: Reid Bartelme, Jenna Fakhoury
Catherine Miller, Lonnie Poupard, Jr.
Sound Designer and Composer: Loren Dempster
Musical Advisor & Pianist: Leon Livshin”



INSPIRATION today comes from Dr Mark Meagher – Dynamic Ornament!



The text below is taken from http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/architecture/people/meagher_m

Meagher’s  research involves the intersection of physical and digital design, engaging topics in architecture and computer science and employing research methods specific to both disciplines. The following descriptions represent the range of topics that he is currently engaged with.

1. Augmented Environments: The ubiquity of technology for sensing in the built environment offers unique opportunities for the architect. Information about air, climate, and the activities of people is often used as a means of producing more efficient buildings; my research has focused not so much on this instrumental use of technology as on the cultural and typological implications of responsive buildings and other augmented environments. Using prototypes to explore the integration of dynamic information in the architectural environment, I have been interested in the visualization of dynamic information and the effects of integrated digital information on the perception of the city.

2. Digital Forms of Making: The processes by which buildings are designed have been challenged by the global dispersion of the design team and the introduction of digital design and communication tools. This is a topic that I have looked at primarily through the development of proposals for the future of the architectural design studio: working with code and algorithmic design methods is an important way in which architects can take charge of the digital tools at their disposal, and I am involved in developing models for studio education that include extensive hands-on involvement with computational tools for design and fabrication.

3. Digital Culture: The widespread use of social networking software and the availability of these applications on mobile devices have led to new social practices and new ways of experiencing familiar environments such as the home or the public urban realm. These practices also introduce new forms of interaction between physical and digital architectures, among these the augmentation of physical environments with digital information. I am particularly interested in the use of tangible interfaces for digital information in the urban context, and the implications of these practices for the experience of the city and the ways in which cities are used and understood.

4. Visualizing Data: Data visualization is the branch of computer science research which deals with visually understanding and communicating data using the digital medium. It involves the translation of data into a visual language, revealing inherent characteristics that become legible as patterns. Data visualization is based on the use of computation to support data analysis, the generation of graphic output, and interactivity. My research in this field has focused on the physical integration of digital data in the building and the city.

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